Scientology has been disseminating one of my writings, which has come to be
known as the "Pig Dream," and I thought I should mitigate my damages by letting
the world know what it is, and its long and amazing history.
Posted and E-mailed Scientology has been disseminating one of my writings, which has come to be known as the "Pig Dream," and I thought I should mitigate my damages by letting the world know what it is, and its long and amazing history. It doesn't hold a candle to Grady Ward's coprophilic opera, but draws from the same set of short scatologisms, which probably come from Old Norse, and Scientology uses it to attack me in the same way it uses Grady's literature to attack him. It is an honor to share both Scientology's attacks and the English language with the man. On March 9, 1985, while staying at the Wilsonville, Oregon home of Garry McMurry, attorney for Julie Christofferson, and while waiting to testify in her trial, I had a dream. I have had few dreams in my life which were memorable and that I remembered the next morning. I have had fewer still that I wrote down; and I have had only one really raunchy dream that was memorable, that I remembered, and that I wrote down. Because of the Scientology war, March, 1985 was a stressful enough time for me to excuse my dreaming any sort of dream. But the pig dream doesn't really relate to anything then going on, and, being a dream, it doesn't need excusing. Only years later did I come to understand, aside from its immediate and very obvious message, what it meant in my life. What follows is a version with the expletives excised, because that's the only version I have with me, and because it's enough for Scientology's prurient purposes. ARS wordsmiths are invited to fill in the blanks. [Quote] 3-10-85 Last night as I dreamed I received a warning to not [blank] the [blank blank]. If I did I would myself turn into a [blank]. Sometime later, sure enough, there appeared a [blank blank blank blank] and [blank]. She turned her [blank blank blank] almost in [blank blank], and turned her head back, looking at me [blank blank blank blank]. Her [blank] was [blank blank]. Her ears [blank blank]. Her mouth didn't move but she asked in perfect English if I'd like [blank blank blank]. There were [blank] of [blank] around her [blank]. I wanted to [blank blank] but I said no. She disappeared. I woke up. I have thought of her several times today. She was there. I'm still here. [Blank blank blank blank blank] (c) G. Armstrong [End Quote] For some then inexplicable reason I sent a copy of the unexcised recitation of the dream to my friend Dan Sherman, who had been, unbeknownst to me, operated by Scientology since 1982 to become my friend and ultimately to set me up in a cult intel op. I say "then inexplicable" because future events have made clear why I was moved to send the writing to Sherman. During my cross-examination in the Christofferson trial in the spring of 1985 cult lawyer Earle Cooley revealed that Sherman had been working for Scientology, that I had been set up, that they had four hours of illegally taken videotapes of me during parts of which I swear like a logger, and that they had a number of writings they'd tricked from me, plus the dream. My recollection is that Multnomah County Judge Londer didn't allow the cult to admit it into evidence. On July 3, 1986 cult lawyer Donald Randolph of the LA lawfirm Overland, Berke, Wesley, Gits, Randolph and Levanas signed and filed in Armstrong I (LASC No, 420153) the cult's "Objection of Cross-Defendant Church of Scientology of California to Release of Pre-Clear Files," supported by, among other exhibits, the pig dream. It is possible that Randolph later had a falling out with the cult; and there might be a reference to that in the 1992 American Lawyer article, which unfortunately I don't have here. What the cult had Randolph do in my case to prevent me from obtaining my pc folders was really low, and for a lawyer with any conscience left that could have been enough for a falling out. More about this in a future post. In the 7/3/86 objection to release of my files, Randolph wrote: "The above admissions (statements Randolph claimed were extracted from my pc folders), if the Church is ever forced to use them, must be construed as admissions against Armstrong's interest. They paint an incredibly sad picture of a pathetic and troubled individual who engaged in one illegal or deviant act after another until entering the Church; who continued, although in a comparatively minor way, to practice his debased activities while a member of the Church; and who immediately resumed his extremely aberrated activities upon leaving the Church as demonstrated by his theft of thousands of pages of personal materials and his "talking pig" essay, a sickening "personal creative work" authored by Armstrong for potential publication." On November 18, 1986 I executed a declaration in Armstrong I which stated: "The organization has demonstrated continually throughout the litigation of this case that truth, which must have some relationship to legitimate discovery, is, as far as the organization is concerned, irrelevant. Attached hereto [ ] is a copy of a recitation of a dream I had in March 1985. I have blacked out for this purpose, anything which could be considered offensive. Donald Randolph has, in furtherance of the organization's goals, defined the recitation of the dream a "sickening work" demonstrating my "extremely aberrated activities." The dream was a dream. The recitation was true, and as artistically tight as I was capable of. To the organization, if it suits its purposes, however, dreams are reality, and truth is whatever can be twisted therefrom. The only thing "sickening" about the dream is how the organization acquired it and went about its degradation. I sent it to my friend Dan Sherman, a professional writer who had throughout 1984 encouraged me to write and who had "critiqued" some of my work. Sherman was, of course, being operated by the organization in the "Armstrong Operation" (the same operation which John Peterson says never happened), and Sherman either gave the organization the "dream" he had dutifully tricked me into sending him, or the organization simply stole it from him. Attached hereto [ ] is a letter from Sherman from March 1986 in which he indicates that the organization was indeed getting his mail. Since writing me, however, Sherman has apparently again been pressured by the organization because he has again cut communication with me and gone into hiding." (parens in orig). The "settlement" of my litigation occurred in December, 1986, and the case file, which contained the pig dream, was, on Scientology's insistence, sealed. When I again became involved in the Scientology war, I filed in the appeal the cult had taken from the 1984 Breckenridge decision a declaration I executed March 15, 1990 in which I wrote about Scientology's next use of the pig dream. "On December 21, 1988 I received a call from Michael Flynn who relayed a message from Michael Lee Hertzberg, one of the organization's leading attorneys. Paul Morantz, Bent Corydon's attorney in one or another case, filed a motion to unseal the _Armstrong_ court file. Judge Geernaert, who had inherited the _Armstrong_ file after Judge Breckenridge retired, allowed the unsealing. The organization had 30 days to appeal. They wanted me to file a pleading to keep the court file sealed. They said that otherwise the "pig document" would come out. (This document, which was specifically sealed by Judge Breckenridge, was a recitation of a dream I had in 1985.) They also stated that if I didn't file something it would unsettle the settlement. They said they have a case on point. They said it would be bad for me. I could have to give the (settlement) money back. Mr. Flynn translated for me: "It's a veiled threat." I said my decision at that time was to do nothing." (Parens in orig) "On December 27, 1988 I again spoke by telephone with Mr. Flynn who had himself spoken to lawyers on both sides of Mr. Corydon's litigation. This is what I considered relevant at the time. Following Judge Geernaert's unsealing of the _Armstrong- court file, the organization filed a petition for a writ of supersedeas claiming the sealing of the file was consideration for settlement. In his response Paul Morantz filed some settlement documents, a notary seal from the State of Pennsylvania on which identified Bill Franks, like me a former organization executive and witness in various organization-related cases, as their source. Mr. Franks had sent the documents to a lawyer to look at and the lawyer gave them to another lawyer who gave them to Mr. Morantz. The organization reacted. They claimed to have "the smoking gun," the proof of settlement violations. They charged that there were numerous breaches: they knew last summer that Mr. Franks had spent time with the Aznarans (who I understood to be organization executives who had recently defected and had sued the organization); and they had some instance of Homer Schomer doing something three weeks before. Mr. Flynn advised me he was going to file a pleading to say the settlement documents should remain sealed. I said I felt the court file should be unsealed and almost certainly would be at some point, but that I wouldn't do anything at that time." (Parens in orig) When I was in Johannesburg, South Africa in August, 1991 at the request of Malcolm Nothling to testify in his case against Scientology, one of the cult's local attorneys smirked to Malcolm's attorney that he had the "pig dream." Various cult black PR packs on me obtained in discovery in my Marin County litigation contain a statement parroting this one: "Armstrong's state of mind is illustrated by various "literary" writings authored by him, none of which more clearly demonstrated it than a document now known as the "pig letter," in which Armstrong purported to describe a dream. [Attachment]" One of the cult's black PR attacks on Factnet contained this statement: "Gerry Armstrong, according to their Articles of Incorporation, is the President of FACTNET. In December 1981 Armstrong, who worked as a librarian for the Church of Scientology, stole more than 10,000 pages of records belonging to L. Ron Hubbard and the Church. Armstrong loaned and showed the documents to others who were bent on attacking the Church to support their attacks. Armstrong's state of mind is clearly illustrated by various "literary" writings authored by him, none of which more clearly demonstrated it than a document now known as the "pig letter," in which Armstrong described in graphic detail a dream he had where a pig asked him to have sex and he declined despite the fact he wanted to. Armstrong was formerly a heavy drug user, and on at least one occasion he was paid to provide homosexual sex." At the 1993 Nonscam CAN Convention in Minneapolis, a cult heavy (I think named something like Bratchi, and a sometimes sidekick of Gene Ingram) hassled me about the dream. Last month OSA mean guy Lynn Farny sent the dream and a bunch of other black PR on me to Channel 4 in the UK to try to stop the Hubbard documentary. In Edmonton, Alberta, Yvette Shank, OSA mean woman, sent the dream and another set of black PR to CHED Radio. I suppose the cult will soon be sending it to Congress, if they haven't already. But they know that my writing about my dream is, as their attorney Donald Randolph stated under oath, my "personal creative work authored for potential publication." And they should know the copyright law well enough to know that by their dissemination of my unpublished work they are just being lowdown sneaky little garden variety copyright terrorists.
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